At the end of my first week working from home, I thought I’d reflect a little on how it’s all going. There were several things that I knew would be different, but my days are shaping up to be much different from how I envisioned them. One of my friends said that she was worried that she’d be too isolated if she worked from home, since she lived alone. I never thought for a minute that I would feel that way, but it is sort of an isolated feeling to be sitting in your office alone all day, interacting with no one face to face. I mean. there are certainly people in the house sometimes while I’m “at work”, but I’m not a part of their activity, their day. I am APART.
What I thought I’d be doing once I started working from home:
- Exercising more, since I would have more time in the morning (you know, that part of the day before you talk yourself out of exercising?).
- Writing more. After all, I would be gaining more than 2 hours a day of not commuting and not getting meals packed and unpacked.
- Gaining weight. There is actually some walking involved in getting to and from Portland every day, parking the car, walking from the parking garage, taking a few sets of stairs…that would not be part of working from home.
- Seeing my husband and kids more.
What I actually am doing now that I am working from home:
- Turns out, I actually am exercising more. It will be 4 (maybe even 5!) days that I’ve done some form of excercise (yoga, beach walk, gym) by Saturday, versus the 1 or 2 days in a commuting week.
- Turns out, I’ve actually lost 2 lbs. Go figure.
- Turns out, I’m actually writing less. I really don’t have much downtime. I’m getting up later in the morning (which will end of course, when my daughter goes back to school in September) and pretty much going to bed shortly after I finish working at 9PM.
- I am seeing my family more, which is good. If I could only be right about one thing, I’m glad it was this one. 🙂
I’m missing a few things: seeing my friends at work, the Wednesday Farmers Market in Monument Square, my audio books, the cupcake stores, Micucci’s pizza…
Pretty much, I’m still working on getting it together here, finding a new rhythm to my days.